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Fred Willard completes program, avoids lewdness charge

Actor Fred Willard arrives fifth annual BritWeek Los Angeles April  2011. Willard who starred such films as 'Best Show''

Actor Fred Willard arrives at the fifth annual BritWeek in Los Angeles in April 2011. Willard, who starred in such films as "Best in Show'' and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,'' was arrested in a Hollywood theater in July. | Matt Sayles~AP

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Updated: December 31, 2012 9:32PM

LOS ANGELES — Actor Fred Willard has completed a diversion program for his arrest this summer for a suspected lewd act at a Hollywood adult theater.

Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, said Monday that the 72-year-old comic actor completed the program in September and as a result no longer faces charges stemming from the July 18 incident.

Willard was arrested after uniformed vice officers who were conducting a routine investigation of the theater said they saw him engaging in a lewd act.

He was fired soon after from his job narrating “Market Warriors,” which is produced by Boston public television station WGBH. His film credits include “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman.”

An email message left for Willard’s agent, Mike Eisenstadt, was not immediately returned.

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